jcwattsrugger (12335) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a light brown head and mahogany/dark brown color. Aroma is sweet dark malt-molasses/chocolate. Taste is sweet dark malt-molasses/chocolate, dark fruit, secondary spicy hops. Occasional. OK carbonation.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with no discernable head. Smells of chocolate, caramel, some molasses, some roastiness. Tastes of chocolate and coffee with some underlying bitterness. A nicely balanced beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at brewery w/ Clarkvv: Dark brown, near black body with a medium light beige head that lasts. The aroma is a thick and medium sweet chocolate, light roast, and toffee. Taste is mostly rich chocolate with notes of toffee, grains, vanilla, yeast, and a light roastiness coming through towards the finish. Meidum-full bodied, medium carbonation that makes it’s presence felt and helpts to clear up the palate for the next sip. The chocolate dominate the taste, but it’s not overly sweet or chaulky, rather it’s cleary a flavor from a well thought-out use of dark roasted malts. Nice.
ClarkVV (6296) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Garnet streaks within a deep, cocoa brown-black body. Oatmeal colored, foamy head, with, gasp!, good retention. Smells of chocolate and toffee, thick chewy and creamy (if you can really sense thick, chewy and creamy in the nose). Lots of tootsie roll-like notes. Begins with chocolate and toffee, lots of chewy, melted chocolate and marshmallows. Coco crispies and milk. Firm carbonation, with a medium body overall. Wow, this really is a chocolatey porter. Light sourness on the end, with bitter black malt, but very delicious and well taken. Balanced and flavorful, great stuff. Some earthy, barley notes, dry and yeasty as well. Bits of light roast grace the finish with more chocolate and milky vanilla coming at you from all angles. Some lacing on the glass, with a retronasal sourness.